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Restaurant roundup: How Baltimore's bars and restaurants are supporting Ukraine

For Liliya Martynyuk, relief efforts are particularly personal. The server at Towson restaurant Perennial was born in Ukraine and has family members who are still in the country. An aunt and cousin are sheltering from air raids, while another cousin is fighting against Russian troops.

Martynyuk and her mother started putting together shipments to help Ukrainians still in the country through an effort organized by delivery company Meest. They put out a call on Facebook for items ranging from blankets to bandages, clothing, candles, canisters and non-perishable goods.

Soon, Martynyuk was flooded with offers of help from friends and strangers. Atlas Restaurant Group, which owns Perennial, posted about the drive and also offered to pay for three weeks of shipping costs. At about $2.30 a pound, Martynyuk said the cost of sending heavy items like blankets and canned goods is steep, with a first shipment totaling about $150.

She has another 15 donations arriving this week, and people continue to reach out.

“The emails keep coming in,” Martynyuk said Friday.

Amanda Yeager | Baltimore Business Journal

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